Minnesota Basketball Coach Suspended for Allegedly Using Racist Slur during Team Meeting

December 15, 2022 / Athletic AdministrationBasketballCoaching
The head coach of the Eden Prairie boys basketball team in Minnesota has been suspended while the school district investigates a complaint that he used racist language during a team meeting.

David Flom was suspended last Thursday while the district conducts an investigation.

minnesotaA recent story from KSTP.com detailed the incident involving the Minnesota high school last week, including the mention of a letter circulating in support of Flom that states the coach read the racial slur aloud during a team meeting with players and coaches that was aimed at highlighting the impact of insensitive social media posts.

Below is an excerpt from the KSTP.com story.

KSTP spoke over the phone with Reid Ouse, a colleague and friend of Flom’s, who said Flom is unable to comment at this time. However, Ouse indicated that Flom expects to know the outcome of the district’s internal investigation by Wednesday.

Some residents addressed the school board Monday evening, speaking out in support of coach Flom.

“He really was a big impact for me and my players,” said John Schultz, a resident in the district and fellow youth basketball coach.

Annie Roslansky, who has two children in schools in Eden Prarie, said students in the district should have a “safe space” to discuss social media and mental health issues and learn that “mistakes happen.”

“What matters is how we learn from it and how we grow,” Roslansky said.

Cultural competency experts explained words have consequences and they should be chosen carefully.

“Having a greater understanding of the cultures of other people makes you less likely to make mistakes, less likely to say things that offend people and less likely to engage in behaviors that are harmful,” Seena Hodges, Former Minnesota Department of Education cultural competency trainer, said. “Cultural competency is really important.”

Hodges is also the founder and CEO of “The Woke Coach.”

The coach, who has also worked as a fifth-grade teacher in the district since 2006, led Eden Prairie to a 28-0 record in the 2019-20 season before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the remaining state tournament games, including the Class AAAA championship. That year, he was named the National High School Coaches Association’s coach of the year.

To read the full story from KSTP about the Eden Prairie controversy, click here.